Feb 18, 2011

Gov. Hickenlooper hurts usual allies; Budget proposal causes flare-up with unions, liberals, and raises possibility of tax hike

Peter Marcus
Denver Daily News

There's nothing like historic budget cuts to end a newly elected politician's honeymoon – that and a good snow storm.

Gov. John Hickenlooper already had his brush with public bitterness stemming from a blizzard in 2006 when he was mayor of Denver. This time around, he is dealing with bitterness stemming from a proposed $411 million in cuts to education, including a historic $375 million in cuts to K-12 education, and another $36 million from higher education.

Dec 21, 2009

State revenues projected to drop an additional $40 million

Legislative economists project that Colorado will face an additional $40 million shortfall in its General Fund budget for fiscal year 2009-10 due to a continued drop in revenues since their September forecast.

Nov 12, 2009

Prepared Testimony to the Joint Meeting of the House and Senate Finance Committees

Prepared Testimony to the Joint Meeting of the House and Senate Finance Committees
Colorado General Assembly

Wade Buchanan
President, The Bell Policy Center
November 12, 2009

Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you today.

Sep 22, 2009

Wade Buchanan on Colorado State of Mind

Wade joins in a discussion
on the state budget and funding cuts
on Rocky Mountain PBS'

Colorado State of Mind
Friday at 7:30 p.m. on Channel 6

(Channel 8 in Pueblo and Colorado Springs,
Channel 18 in Grand Junction and western Colorado)

Also on the program:

Sep 22, 2009

Legislative economists project lower revenues, $240 million shortfall

Economists with the Legislative Council project that General Fund revenues in the current fiscal year will come in $240 million below budgeted appropriations. This is even after the $320 million in cuts Gov. Bill Ritter announced in August.

Jul 15, 2009

New report says Colorado can't maintain services under current budget

When it comes to the state budget, Colorado is digging a hole.

That's one of the conclusions in a new report, Looking Forward: Colorado's fiscal prospects amid a financial crisis, by the Bell Policy Center, the Colorado Children's Campaign and the Colorado Fiscal Policy Institute.

Feb 5, 2009

Guest commentary in The Denver Post: Finally, a state budget for grownups

Like other states, Colorado faces its second major budget shortfall in less than a decade. But unlike others, we are heading into this deepening economic crisis with one of the smallest budgets in the nation, whether measured by population or the size of the state economy. We already spend less than almost every other state on the public structures and services our future depends on: our schools, colleges, roads and bridges, health care and other assistance for poor families and children.

Jan 2, 2009

State economists crunch numbers, see big (or bigger) revenue drop

The most recent quarterly revenue estimates by state economists were released on Dec. 12. While there are considerable differences between the two sets of numbers, both estimates project a drop in state revenues since the beginning of the fiscal year.

Aug 17, 2008

Budget Watch – July 2008

Introduction to SAFE, the proposed Savings Account for Education; introduction to other ballot proposals; review of economic forecasts and other economic data.

Aug 4, 2008

Budget Watch - May 2008

Budget Watch - May 2008

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